Tavis Anderson

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Affiliate Assistant Professor
Tavis Anderson

Research:    

I am interested in the ecology and evolution of infectious diseases. I use tools from network theory and phylogenetics to: 1) explain how interaction networks affect the transmission of animal parasites; 2) develop computational methods for understanding the diversity of highly variable RNA viruses and design effective vaccines; and 3) characterize the influence of host and vector diversity on infectious disease dynamics. I address these questions using pathogens infecting swine (Influenza A and Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus), and model systems (fish parasites and West Nile virus).

Area of Expertise: 
VMPM; evolutionary biology; epidemiology; influenza A virus
Education: 
Ph.D., Ecology & Evolution, Rutgers University, 2009
B.Sc. (Hons), Microbiology & Parasitology, The University of Queensland, 2001
B.Sc., Parasitology, The University of Queensland, 2000
Contact
515-337-6821
1920 Dayton Ave
Ames
IA
50010-9602